DuBois jumped on Philipsburg-Osceola for a pair of runs in the first inning and took down the Lady Mounties 6-3 in a non-league softball game Friday.
Cheyenne McKee drove the third pitch of the game over the fence in dead center to jump start the Lady Beavers and Rachel Ball followed with a walk, moved to second on an error, took third on an infield out and scored on Kaitlyn Beers’ fly to right.
“It’s great to have your pitcher go out there with a lead,” said DuBois coach Rick McClellan. “It gives them a comfort level. She did a good job.”
The Lady Mounties answered with a run in the bottom of the first when Maggie Peck doubled to left, went to third on a sacrifice fly by Megan Bainey and scored on an infield out by McKenzie Burge.
“Maggie is pretty level-headed,” said P-O coach Jim Gonder. “That homer didn’t rattle her. I thought she pitched a pretty good game. She seems to get stronger as the game goes on. She does a good job of keeping batters off balance with her changeup.”
After the first inning the game settled into a pitcher’s duel as Peck and Sam Fields traded zeroes over the next four innings. Peck retired 15 in a row from the first through sixth innings. Then the Lady Beavers erupted.
Cheyenne McKee drew a walk to start the inning and Ball singled in front of Sierra McKee, who homered to dead center to make it 5-1. DuBois added a run when Raegan Hanna singled and came around to score on a single by Anne Katchmarchi. For the day, the McKee twins, who have committed to St. Francis, accounted for four RBIs and scored three runs.
“They’re just softball players,” McClellan said. “They play all year around and they don’t get caught up in all of the other stuff.”
Cheyenne is a shortstop while Sierra catches.
P-O rallied in the sixth inning when Chelsey Henry led off with a homer. One out later Camryn Frank singled and came around to score on a double to left-center by Peck.
And in the seventh the Lady Mounties threatened to put on one of their patented late-inning rallies when Burge and Haylee Hayward hit back-to-back singles to start the inning. But then Fields got the next three batters on a fielder’s choice, pop fly to second and a fly to left.
“Sam (Fields) did a good job hitting her spots there,” McClellan said. “It’s nice to sneak out of here with a win. Those two banners they have out there in center field (recognizing P-O’s two state championship teams) mean something. There’s pride and tradition here and it’s noticeable. But we have tradition too. We knew this would be a good game. It always is. That’s why we have them on our schedule.”
The Lady Mounties outhit DuBois 9-6 but stranded eight runners.
“We didn’t get that big hit when we needed it,” P-O coach Jim Gonder said. “We had our opportunities. I thought we were going to get something going there in the seventh and maybe put a little pressure on their defense and their pitcher. We just didn’t get that big hit.”